Satprem Maïni Gallery
Since the early 1980's, his endeavour has been based on the adaptation and renaissance of traditional techniques, use of local materials, participation of individuals and the reconsideration of the role of the architect: from creator and builder to animator and psychologist.
Since 1989, Satprem's life has been dedicated to Auroville , India and the World for the recognition of our Mother Earth, while using its matter for the sake of sustainable developments. His life is a burning brazier offered to the Lord and is dedicated to Karma Yoga, the work done as an offering to the Divine, for the Lord's Action upon Earth.
The research which is been conducted on the earth as a building material is focussed upon discovering the consciousness hidden within the material. The contact with this consciousness helps the latter to evolve, as well as our own consciousness. Today, the architectural research being conducted by Satprem integrates symbols and a holistic approach to life.
Satprem's fields of research and action are based in Auroville, for building the first city of a new era. But his expertise and intervention are not limited to Auroville, and his services are offered worldwide. He has worked in 18 countries over the last 19 years, for periods varying from a few days to a few months. Since 1989, Satprem has trained in Auroville more than 3000 people, mostly Indian nationals, but also 201 people from 26 other nations.
2004 – Al Medy Mosque at Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
Mosque of 420 m 2 built in 7 weeks, with vaults and domes built without formwork, minaret of 18.05 m high.
1999 to 2003 – Training centre of the Auroville Earth Institute
Research and development of various stabilised earth technologies and vaulted structures.
1999 – Dome of the Dhyanalingam Temple near Coimbatore , India
Dome of 22.16 m diameter and 570 tons built without formwork in 9 weeks, to cover a Temple for Lord Shiva.
1996 to 2002 – Research and development on earthquake resistant buildings
Technology with hollow interlocking blocks approved by the government of Gujarat , India , for the rehabilitation of Kutch , after the 2001 earthquake.
1995 – Mirramukhi School at Auroville
School of 600 m 2 , which introduced stabilized rammed earth in Auroville, segmental vault of 10.35 m span.
1994 – Shakti Vihara School at Pondicherry , India
School of 2000 m² for 700 children for low income groups, built for the NGO Volontariat.
1992 – Visitor's Centre of Auroville
Centre of 1200 m² built in collaboration with Suhasini, “1992 Hassan Fathy International Award for Architecture for the Poor”
1991 to 1999 – Vikas community at Auroville
Holistic development of this community which was a finalist for the “2000 World Habitat Award”
1988 – Rural primary school in Somalia
School built at the occasion of a training course, at the request of UNESCO.
1986 – House of “24 H. of the Earth” at Grenoble , France
House of 56 m²built in 30 hours with the
team of CRATerre/EAG.
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